RACV to upgrade and expand Victorian EV charging network

Man charges his electric vehicle (EV) at a RACV public charger
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Given increasing utilisation of its first-generation ultra-rapid EV charging stations, RACV will carry out a a significant upgrade of current charging stations, increase in the number of these charging stations, and look at a further expanding its public EV charging network across Victoria.

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These upgrades will commence in February 2024 and be completed by the middle of 2025.

All of the charging stations will be connected via the Chargefox App and become part of Australia’s largest charging network, with over 1800 public plugs available to access across Australia and growing at over 90 per month.

RACV general manager energy Greg Edye said, “It is time to replace the first-generation technology with new high-quality chargers of varying speeds.

“RACV will be replacing 24 Tritium DC chargers at RACV’s seven public charging sites. These achieve an 80% charge in 15-30 minutes (depending on the EV make/model) for users looking for close to a full charge in a short time.

“RACV will also be installing six new fast DC chargers (50KW) at Victorian RACV Clubs and Resorts. These achieve an 80% charge in one to two hours (depending on EV battery size) for users having a day activity at a resort.

“In addition, RACV will be upgrading 22 AC chargers (7KW to 22 KW) at RACV Clubs and Resorts. These achieve an 80% charge in about five hours for those with longer dwell times, notably in-house guests.

“RACV are also looking to further invest in locations which tie in RACV Club and Resort facilities to customers visiting from all parts of Victoria and will have further announcements to make on this in the coming period.”

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RACV first invested in EV charging nearly 10 years ago via the installation of some slow chargers in its Victorian Clubs and Resorts. In 2017 RACV became a significant shareholder in Chargefox, now Australia’s largest charging network, and in 2022 became a major Shareholder in JET Charge, Australia’s leading supplier of charging equipment.

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